Posts Tagged ‘family



10
May
14

To the Kidnappers of the Nigerian School Girls

How dare you call yourselves men?!

I know many men. They are fathers, brothers, husbands, sons, friends, co-workers and employers. Did you notice the word missing here, “kidnappers”? I will give you some more words; protectors, providers, supporters, teachers. Again, not kidnappers.

I know you believe that there are things wrong with the world, but real men don’t threaten children. Real men don’t traffic in human beings. Real men do not shoot random civilians.

I have provided this definition of “men” in the hope that you might read it and be ashamed of your behavior. Now, I am going to make an exception to my no-hashtag rule:

#BRING BACK OUR GIRLS!!

26
Apr
14

hurrah!!!

IRP’s surgery went very well. In fact, much better than I expected. This time, they managed to get her pain under control in the recovery room instead of having to send her up to the floor for others to try.

When the nurses were preparing the pad that is used to transfer patients from one bed to another, IRP announced that she could move herself. She hit the medication button on the suggestion of the nurse who had brought her up to her room and practically hopped right on over. She was doing so well with control of pain and nausea that instead of waiting until today, the doctor put her on liquids last night. Soft food should follow this afternoon and IRP may come home as early as tomorrow.

I want to thank God and each of you who brought IRP’s cause before Him. I really feel that this operation will be the last and IRP will finally have a normal bodily life.~~TSG

14
Apr
14

april 25

This is the date of (we hope and pray) the final surgery for IRP. The temporary ileostomy will be reversed and, after a few days of liquid and soft diets, she will have normal bowel function for the first time in her life. Please pray that all will go to plan. Thank you!~~TSG

09
Feb
14

well, here we are again

At about nine this morning, IRP called to tell me that she had a fever, was nauseous and had pain where the re-connection of her bowel was done. So, we are in the emergency room of the hospital waiting for tests to tell us what is up. The staff seems to think she may have an infection and a blockage. I certainly hope not, but it does seem likely given that these are the same symptoms she had the last time that happened. I am beginning to despair of ever getting IRP’s problem totally fixed. I am sure she is much more frustrated than I am, though. All prayers, good thoughts, etc. gratefully received.~~TSG

26
Jan
14

school tomorrow

Well, IRP is feeling pretty good. She will be starting the Spring 2014 semester tomorrow in the college’s “late start” classes. One of her two classes is on-line, so she won’t be wearing herself out.~~TSG

20
Jan
14

rough night

Yesterday, they began weaning IRP off the pain and anti-spasm meds. Unfortunately, she was not ready for this step. At about seven o’clock, she began having horrible stomach spasms. Tears were streaming down her face and she was trying hard not to yell. She was mostly losing the latter battle. TBF had been going to go home to get some studying done, but he would not leave while IRP was in pain. We did not get things sorted out until after ten. IRP is back on all the medications and we will speak to the doctor this morning about what we can do to control her pain better.

We got a little sleep, but I anticipate that IRP will spend most of the day resting. She wants to go walking now while she feels relatively well. We will do that as soon as she is given her antibiotic and the anti-coagulate.~TSG

19
Jan
14

rapid progress

This morning, the doctor took the bandage off the mid-line incision in IRP’s stomach. He had used the incision line that was already there and just had to lengthen it a bit. We appreciate very much that Dr.B has tried, wherever possible, to use existing scars to place incisions instead of making new ones. Since IRP is young (22), she is very worried about such things. Fortunately, TBF (the boyfriend) does not care about such things and has spent a lot of time up at the hospital helping IRP in any way he can.

IRP is also being allowed to eat soft foods. Considering the amount of time it took us to get to this stage after the last operation, this is really rapid progress. IRP has been up walking already this morning. The pain is also subsiding. This is really good since she has almost reached the end of the amount of Demoral (the pain medication that works best for her) that the hospital can give her. After six tonight, she will not be able to have anymore. Hopefully, the on-demand button and the anti-inflammatory will be able to keep her pain under control after that.

Thanks to everyone for their concern.~TSG

19
Jan
14

recovering

IRP is feeling much better. She has been walking several times today and has progressed to clear liquids. The doctor’s assistant was in and said things had gone so well that the ileostomy might be reversible in as little as eight weeks. As you might imagine, this cheered IRP up considerably. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and good thoughts.~TSG

18
Jan
14

The Result of the Most Recent Surgery

So, today IRP had yet another surgery. This was to reconnect her rectum to her large intestine after last year’s “blow-out”. It appears that the doctor who corrected her Hirschprung’s failed to get all of the affected area out. As a result, IRP suffered a ruptured bowel and spent three weeks in the hospital recovering from that and the resulting massive infection. A colostomy also had to be performed at the same time to give her time to recover so that we could decide what would need to be done next. I did not post about this and other events at the time they occurred because I was just so shocked and angry. We almost lost her!

The surgery today went well, but IRP has another temporary ileostomy. The doctor who reconnected her said that he had tested the repair and the reversal of the colostomy and no air came through either. He probably could have not done the ileostomy. However, due to what happened last time, he was not willing to risk a recurrence. He would rather take the conservative approach since another rupture might mean that IRP would have to have a permanent colostomy. Although many people live with this, we do not want IRP to have to do so if it can be avoided. Any prayers or good thoughts you care to send our way will be greatly appreciated.~TSG

28
Dec
13

Best Gift of the Year

I usually don’t have a “best” or “favorite” gift, but you will soon see why I have one this year. My sister and her family gave me a bag filled with small things that will make my life easier and more fun. Among them was a clear plastic glass printed with a paisley pattern and with a blue lid. This is my best gift this year. Let me tell you why.
My sister took my 11-year-old niece, K, with her shopping. K asked what I did at work. When informed that I evaluate transcripts for a college, K insisted that I needed a cup so that I would have plenty of water to drink. Working at a desk, according to K, is a very thirsty job. She stuck to the cup even though her mother made several other suggestions. The reason this cup is my best gift is that K spent time and thought in choosing it. She is really beginning to grow up. I am proud of her for thinking about my needs and then making a decision based on them. In fact, even if I had not really liked the cup, it would have been my favorite gift because of the effort that went into it. That is what gift-giving is about to me; considering others’ wants and needs and then trying to meet them.
Thank you, K! You did great!!